Kris Paquette

Paquette_Kris.Pacific Marine Mammal Center.PNGHonoree:  Kris Paquette

Honored by:  Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Cause Area:   Animals & Environment

Kris is a retired school teacher who leads our biggest school program at Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The Pinniped Pollution Project teaches close to 4,000 children about ocean conservation each year.

Aside from her weekly docent responsibilities, Kris is multifaceted and contributes in many ways. She likes to teach groups of children and train more teachers so that PMMC’s reach is wider and stronger.

Kris also spends long hours developing engaging program content aligned with Next Generation Science Standards focused on teaching children about the environment. Her knowledge of the needs of teachers and school systems has helped us provide meaningful curriculum that supports what teachers are doing in the classroom.

Kris has helped develop and revise Girl Scout programming, allowing us to welcome a wider range of scouts. Kris serves on PMMC’s education committee which helps move forward our environmental education mission. She is always offering to help and coming up with new ideas to engage children. She is an integral part of the PMMC education team taking on projects and roles that allow us to reach a larger audience of children. She is an inspiration to others. Kris embodies dedication, reliability and heart. She is truly indispensable. We are thankful for her efforts to increase, enhance and extend our educational mission.

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2 thoughts on “Kris Paquette”

  1. Kris has been a wonderful asset to the education department at PMMC. She dedicates her time volunteering as an education docent, teacher, and assisting with outreach events. She is always eager to offer support as needed, as well as providing helpful advice. She constantly looks for ways to relate to the students she is teaching to make the experience more personal and enriching. When she is not helping out in the education department of PMMC, you will find her at every patient release! Kris assists on our release team, by helping educate each unique patient story to the public. Kris has such a kind spirit about her and it is reflected in everything she does. We are very lucky to have her as a part of our volunteer team.

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  2. Kris repeatedly goes above and beyond, taking on difficult and complex tasks that help us move forward. Most recently Kris has been coordinating PMMC’s attendance and exhibitor booth at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Los Angelos at the end of March. It is a huge amount of work and detail that has helped save staff an exorbitant amount of time for primary responsibilities. PMMC will be able to reach over 10,000 teachers at this gathering, sharing our tools and programs meant to assist classrooms. Thank you Kris! You continually amaze me in your dedication and willingness to do more on behalf of children’s education about the environment!

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